Its matchday 12 as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lock horns with Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Dubai International Stadium. Both teams are coming from the back of a win and will hope to keep their winning run going. We bring you today’s match prediction from another high profile encounter in IPL 2020.
Meanwhile, the Royals will be brimming with confidence after pulling off the greatest heist possible. Rahul Tewatia almost did the unimaginable to give Rajasthan Royals a win over Kings XI Punjab. The Steve Smith-led side will hope to keep up the momentum going ahead.
Although Rahul Tewatia stepped up to the task last day, Rajasthan still lack a proper finisher and is evidently missing the service of Ben Stokes. Rajasthan Royals will play their first game outside Sharjah and this will show how they fare in big grounds.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have returned to winning ways after losing their first game against Mumbai Indians. The batsmen came good with Shubman Gill leading the way at the top while Eoin Morgan stood tall as the finisher.
The Dinesh Kartik-led side fielded as many as eight bowling options in the last game and is likely to continue with the same formula against Rajasthan Royals. However, Kuldeep Yadav’s form with the ball will keep Kolkata Knight Riders thinking going forward.
IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals on September 30 from 7:30 PM IST at Dubai International Stadium
The big grounds in Dubai will aid the spinners in the game. While all the teams have anticipated the dew factor, it has hardly played any role with teams batting first winning most of the matches.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals – both are playing their first game in this venue and will hope to understand the wicket better as they aim for the win.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Rajasthan Royals – Steven Smith (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat
Nothing to separate between Kolkata and Rajasthan as both teams have won 10 matches each so far in head-to-head encounters. Moreover, they are coming from the back of a win and will be high on confidence and aim for another victory.
However, Kolkata Knight Riders will start as the favourites ahead of Rajasthan Royals considering they real match-winners and have all their bases covered.